Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Using The Name “ALLAAH”

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A REFLECTION AND RESPONSE TO ISSUES ON ISLAMIC DA'WAH, CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM, INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE, CONTEXTUAL USE OF ISLAMIC TERM, APOSTASY, REFUTING ALLEGATIONS AND CLARIFICATION ON PREVAILING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM AND IT'S APPROACHES ON DA'WAH Question: "I am referring to the recent controversy (May 2008) in Malaysia regarding the request by the Catholic Church, for their use of the term 'Allah' in their translation of the Bible and other religious tracts for their congregation (in Bahasa Malaysia) and the objection of the Malaysian Islamic Authorities. The court there has now allowed the matter to be forwarded for a judicial review in the civil court. My question for you is: 'Does Islam have any objection for others of different faith from using this term? If it does object, (it seem obvious for most people to interpret from the Malaysian case which imply that only Muslims can use the name 'Allah'), why is this so? And if Islam does not object to this, how would you then explain the basis for their objection to it? Are they wrong? Or perhaps are there other plausible explanations to this issue which may not have been considered? بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. 1.0 Introduction Allow me to firstly lay down some fundamental points and background pertinent to discussing this issue so that we can have a clear overview of the matter, including explanations of other subjects, especially da'wah and inter-faith dialogue, which I feel is relevant that one needs to know, as it may clarify why certain views are held by Muslims – before directly answering your question. Things just do not occur without some historical background to it, and our understanding of things must not be left truncated. There has arisen much confusion on both sides, perhaps because too often we did not seek nor give clarification when terms are used by the other or by us, [...]

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